Photo Guides | Action Photo Tours
David Swindler is a National Geographic award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer. He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Back in 2014 he quit his day job to follow his true passion. He has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience photographing a wide variety of subjects and conditions. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT. David is an expert in night photography and loves to get out and shoot the starry night skies. Follow the links below to see more of David's work.
David has been leading guided photo tours for many years. He is very familiar with many different types of cameras and how to capture the best photos. And most importantly, his clients are the top priority while out in the field. Just read what others are saying here: Trip Advisor.
Dennis Maisel is an award winning and published photographer over the span of the past 20 years. In addition to his many years of photography, he also received a degree in Computer Science. He has worked for major corporations such as IBM, Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard. His photography career has covered assignments in travel, editorial and landscape photography. He is represented by stock photography agencies and his work has appeared in publications such as Backpacker Magazine and Aloha Magazine. He also works with other publishing companies such as Island Heritage in Hawaii. He has extensive experience and travel in photographing the Southwest and Hawaii over the past 12 years. See more of Dennis's work here:
Johnny is a published, landscape and fine art photographer. His primary residence is in Heber City, Utah where he and his wife Sherry raise their two boys. Johnny's award winning landscape art can be found on the walls of clinics, hospitals, airports, hotels, other various business's and private homes. Other than photography, Johnny has worked as a ski guide, ski patroller, and wild land firefighter. When not chasing the light throughout the American West, Johnny guides powder skiing in the Uinta Mountains. Landscape photography is his passion, he has devoted a large percentage of his time and energy searching for vast vistas and good light throughout the Desert Southwest. Johnny has an intimate familiarity with the desert environment and loves to share his eye for composition and ability for using light and shadow with others.
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Nicholas is our front office manager and helps take care of many of the day to day aspects of our operation. It is very likely he was the one helping to answer your emails or phone calls. He graduated in 2013 from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Film Broadcasting. Since his graduation, he has become very interested in photography and creative pursuits, which is one reason why he decided to join Action Photo Tours. Before he joined, he was the assistant manager at a hotel where he developed many great customer service skills. We are excited to have Nicholas join our team and are confident he will provide all our clientele with top level support and service.
Karl is a professor of structural geology and active tectonics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he has taught for 23 years. Karl teaches field geology in a number of classic landscapes including Zion, Death Valley, Arches and Canyonlands. At Action Photo Tours, Karl puts landscapes into a geologic perspective, relating topography, rocks, erosion and weathering through short talks and slide shows, discussions on the outcrop and presentation of large format maps and images. His research is aimed at understanding how geologic structures common to Utah and Arizona (in particular monoclines) grow in both time and space. He also has projects in Death Valley and Canyonlands on active faults as well as previous experience working on similar structures in Europe, Asia and ancient examples formed early in the history of Mars and Mercury. Having Karl along on workshops adds depth to the landscapes workshop participants work so hard to create, making the rocks even more remarkable. He is also an avid landscape photographer.
Evelyn is our Chief Operations Officer. Although she is not a photographer, her natural business acumen and marketing insight are huge assets to our operation. Evelyn loves to spend time in nature and explore the outdoors, so it's possible you may meet her on some of our trips!
Evelyn spent many years in medical school, residency, and fellowship and is now one of the most respected retina surgeons in the Pacific Northwest. During medical school, she worked as a business consultant. She loved consulting so much that is was difficult to go back to medical school.
Evelyn loves winter sports, especially backcountry snowboarding! During the summer, she uses her weekends to the max ascending mountains, backpacking, and climbing. She has traveled to many countries around the world and loves to experience new lands and cultures. Evelyn has a very artistic eye and enjoys sharing the love of photography and fine art.